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As Seniors Graduate Into Post-Dobbs World, Harvard’s Class of 1973 Recalls Landmark Legalization of Abortion

On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing the right to an abortion nationwide and reversing all state laws — including in Massachusetts — that completely banned the procedure.

Seth P. Waxman ’73 Exits the Supreme Court

Seth Waxman ’73 Reflects on Path from Quincy House to the Supreme Court

In October 2022, nearly 50 years after his graduation from Harvard, Seth P. Waxman ’73 defended his alma mater before the Supreme Court.

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Harvard Law School

Harvard Law School Professor Critiques Judicial Supremacy at Inaugural Lecture

Harvard Law School professor Daphna Renan gave a critique of judicial supremacy — the idea that the Supreme Court is the final authority on the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution — at an event on Thursday.

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William Consovoy, Attorney Who Represented Students for Fair Admissions, Dies at 48

William S. Consovoy, an attorney who was a prominent face for conservative causes, died on Monday evening, his law firm Consovoy McCarthy announced on Tuesday. He was 48.

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Harvard Law Professor Asks Judge to Unseal Sidebars from Admissions Trial

A Harvard Law School professor is asking the federal judge who presided over the high-profile 2018 Harvard admissions trial to release currently-sealed transcripts of courtroom discussions from the proceedings.


Anti-Gerrymandering Tool Developed by Harvard Researchers Used in Supreme Court Proceedings

Redist — a tool developed by Harvard undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty — could impact the fate of a Supreme Court case involving allegations of racial gerrymandering in Alabama.

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Harvard Law School Panel Reviews Proposed Plans to Reform SCOTUS

Law and public policy experts weighed potential reforms to the Supreme Court in a panel event at Harvard Law School on Wednesday.

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In 84th Supreme Court Appearance, Harvard Lawyer Seth P. Waxman ’73 Commands the Courtroom

Though the court appears poised to strike down affirmative action, legal experts praised Seth P. Waxman’s performance at the lectern, commending his ease and confidence before the bench.

College Life

Hoping for a Front Row Seat to History, Swarms of Students Lined Up Early Outside Supreme Court Monday

As lawyers representing Harvard, UNC, and SFFA prepared to deliver their oral arguments before the court, swarms of eager students descended on Washington this weekend for the chance to watch history unfold.

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Supreme Court Appears Ready to Ban Affirmative Action Following Harvard, UNC Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday appeared open to banning the consideration of race in college admissions during oral arguments in a pair of high-stakes anti-affirmative action lawsuits against Harvard and the University of North Carolina.

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Affirmative Action

At SFFA Oral Arguments, Justices Question How Long Race-Conscious Admissions Should Last

During oral arguments Monday morning, Supreme Court justices pressed lawyers arguing on behalf of Harvard and the University of North Carolina on how long the universities will continue to factor race into their admissions decisions.

Seth P. Waxman ’73 at the Supreme Court
Affirmative Action

Here Are the Key Exchanges from Supreme Court Oral Arguments in the Harvard, UNC Affirmative Action Cases

Lawyers representing Harvard, UNC, and SFFA faced sharp questions from justices at the Supreme Court on Monday.

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Affirmative Action

Members of the Public Enter Supreme Court

Members of the public who waited in line to attend the arguments walk across the plaza on their way to the Courtroom.

Pro-affirmative Action Demonstrator Holding Sign
Affirmative Action

Pro-affirmative Action Demonstrator Holding Sign

A pro-affirmative action demonstrator holds up a sign during a rally in front of the Supreme Court on Monday.

Harvard Team Exits Supreme Court
Affirmative Action

Harvard Team Exits Supreme Court

Harvard's legal team and administrators exited the Court at 3 p.m. on Monday after nearly five hours of oral arguments.